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Shopping for bottoms has been my jam lately for one very important reason: I’m expecting…to keep the extra inches I have gained around my middle for a while as I shed more and more toxic dieting behaviors.

Let me explain! I took an online course called Dare Not to Diet, which is amazing. It made me realize my ED recovery had become very dietesque and suffocating and crazy-making. So as I shed all my food “rules” that once kept me safe but now make me insane, my body is changing in response. And while most of my clothes still fit, tight jeans can be triggering and looser pants are definitely more gentle mentally right now. Also, they are insanely cloot.

plus size palazzo pants

plus size west coast bathing suit

If you’re not wearing your bathing suits as bodysuits rn, you are not getting your money’s worth. In fact, I have yet to wear this one for its intended purpose but I will because LOOK AT THE BACK OMG

plus size west coast bathing suit

Slitted pants are the thing right now and I am so happy to be on this train. This pair reminds me of the movie Angus in the most affectionate way:

plus size side slit pants

I just noticed how “knotty” this look is. Top knot, tee knot, waist knot. I did not plan this. Magic just happens.

I'm not a blogger tee

OK this last one is my favorite:

Plus size wide leg pants

It’s not often I get to rock the collared shirt and statement necklace look but it is one of my top 10 styles.

Plus size wide leg pants

It was also a great opportunity to strap on my super nostalgic platform sandals. Yes, they are lighter than Cool Whip.

platform sandals

Oh and who dis bb?

Plus size wide leg pants

plus size fashion

It’s my ket, Divvy. She does really go with the rust pants.

Shopping Linkies:

West Coast swimsuit | Forever 21
Not a blogger tee | Forever 21
Side slit tie pants | Eloquii
Chambray top | Poshmark (Join now and get $5 to spend on any item! Use code GOCLP)
Platform sandals (only available in black) | Rocket Dog

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Finally getting to try a brand that has been on my radar for a while is like Christmas come early. But this particular brand is close to my heart for one very important reason–They. Get. It.

Universal Standard understands that women’s bodies change and fluctuate, sometimes rapidly. So they made it their policy that you can exchange any piece of clothing for a different size within one full year. Yeah. Amazing right? I know stressing about fitting into my clothes takes up way too much of my mental energy.

Universal Standard black top and skirt

What’s equally amazing is their dramatic yet minimalist style and impeccable construction. For those of you looking to create a capsule wardrobe, US is a great resource and definitely worth the designer price tag.

Universal Standard black top and skirt

They are also the place to be if you live for black. While they do have a few colorful pieces, US specializes in what I like to call The Grownup Goth. I’m here for it. We all know I have enough neon makeup and accessories to make it my own, particularly these ridiculous earrings from NIN 3. They make me miss Coachella so damn much.

Plus size obi tie belt

It’s all about playing with texture when going monochrome. The resin finish of the tee and the sleek satin of the belt are in perfect harmony.

Universal Standard black top and skirt

Universal Standard black top and skirt

Also, I need to talk about these shoes. So I’m 32 and apparently I am falling apart because I fucked up my foot WHILE WALKING. I was wearing zero-cushion shoes on concrete and my foot was basically like oh this part of your life is over. Now cushioned foot-beds will be a thing you actually shop for. Luckily, Clarks are cloot and I want to be buried in these wedges.

Shopping Linkies:

Carver top | Univeral Standard
Unity skirt | Universal Standard
Obi belt | Universal Standard
Freak earrings | NIN 3
Clarks Clarene wedge | Nordstrom

God, there is nothing I hate more than wearing my interests and displaying them for all to see.

Psych.

Me and wearable pop-culture references go way back. After all, when plus-size fashion was even more sparse than it is now, you could always rely on finding men’s tees and pants to fit your frame. Because sexism. But luckily, Torrid is bringing me back to my fashion roots without resulting to DIY to make things a bit more femme. How cute is this tee that accurately depicts my love of breakfast food?

Eggo waffles t-shirt

Eggo waffles t-shirt

Of course, Torrid’s pop culture gear includes a lot more than waffle memorabilia. I was torn between this top and every Nirvana shirt they had. Plus, they came out with an All That tank top right after I ordered this because life is cruel. And even though I’m down with the Disney, wearing it isn’t usually my thing but respect to those who do.

Plus size patched bomber jacket

Also OMG I love this jacket. It’s a super lightweight bomber, ideal for the Bay’s wishy washy stance on wind chill. Plus, I love me some patches.

Plus size patched bomber jacket

Also, have you heard me rant on the perfect fit that is the Torrid extra short jean? Length is always a problem, but I gladly deal with it for the right fit everywhere else. Torrid has never made me compromise. They are hands-down my favorite jeans on the planet. And for less that $50 a pop, give me all of them please and thank you.

Shopping Linkies:

Eggo shirt | Torrid
Jacket | Torrid
Jeans | Torrid

 

I have to preface this post by saying nothing will ever replace crop tops in my heart. Nothing. Feeling myself hard enough to wear a crop top was a life-changing experience. I understand how trivial that sounds but imagine if you were my fupa and you spent your entire life in hiding and one day, a magical piece of clothing set you free. So, yeah. Just let that simmer for a while.

Even though crop tops were my number one middle finger to fatphobic fashion, mesh tops are really rising to the top of my list. But how about a mesh top you can tie into a knotted crop? Mind blown.

Nothing to wear plus size mesh top

Nothing to wear plus size mesh topIt was Mother’s Day and I was having a MOMENT with this concha. Not only was it the best I have had since I was a kid, it fucking matched my lipstick. I need to work with food props more often.

Nothing to wear plus size mesh top

“Corazooooooooooooon.”

Nothing to wear plus size mesh top

Pink concha

Sure fine I gave you life but I can see that’s not enough so here take my delicious concha. Grumble.

I actually blame the serendipitous concha/lipstick matching to my recent pinktastic episodes in which I just pile on the blush and bashful to an obscene degree like right about now…

Floral mesh plus size bodysuit

Yep. Those are fuzzy pink sandals. And pink velvet.

Floral mesh plus size bodysuit

And my hair is a wee bit pink.

Floral mesh plus size bodysuit

And it’s imperative that I talk about this bralette I am wearing–my first purchase from Rue 21. While I love bralettes and have learned to embrace my natural breast shape in return for ditching fucking underwires, this magical thing told me I could have it all. It has structure AND comfort. It is Christmas.

So do you guys remember those Magic Slate things where you can draw or write on neon pink plastic that clings to a white board underneath? This top makes me feel like a human version of that.

Neon orange plus size mesh top

Neon orange plus size mesh top

Neon orange plus size mesh top

No need to stop, drop, and roll. I am not really on fire.

Neon orange plus size mesh top

Neon orange plus size mesh top

Neon orange plus size mesh topMirror nails and glitter eyes. My middle name is toofuckingmuchomgstop. I scare myself sometimes.

Neon orange plus size mesh top

See?

Shopping Linkies:

Nothing to wear top | Forever 21 (Get 2% Cash Back at Ebates! Join here.)
Floral mesh bodysuit | Forever 21
Velvet pants | Rue 107
Lace bralette | Rue 21
Faux fur sandals | Amazon
Neon mesh top | ASOS (Get 5% Cash Back at Ebates! Join here.)

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I’m a mom. Therefor, you have five seconds to guess where my happy place is. It’s a magical land where I can silence my preschooler with popcorn. Where I can grab a birthday present and a side dish last minute because I don’t have my shit together as a person. Where I can score an entire outfit plus lipstick plus avocados and make my husband regret sending me out for avocados. Target is my zen–my loud, crowded zen. But one thing I never usually get too excited about are Target collections. Cuz fat.

Now, I am kind of an in-betweenie at Target. I can shop the larger straight sizes sometimes. With collections however, unless they have designated plus sizes, I’m often out of luck. Usually it’s because these designers have a personal vendetta against stretch. Sometimes they just have a low-key vendetta against fats. SHRUG.

But not Becks!

Victoria Beckham plus size orange skirt

The Victoria Beckham plus size collection, which is almost identical toΒ her straight size selection, offers up to 3x and 26. Even this is limited in terms of size inclusivity, I know. But I was pleasantly surprised to find out that some of these pieces ran 1-2 sized bigger. I had to buy this skirt in a 1x when I am easily a 2.

Victoria Beckham plus size orange skirt

Victoria Beckham plus size orange skirt

I really loved the loud, citrus-y mod vibe of some of these pieces but the pastels were also calling to me. Mint and blush ughhhh. So good. I’ve also been on a pink kick so I pulled the trigger real quick on these shorts.

Victoria Beckham plus size pink shorts

Victoria Beckham plus size pink shorts

Yet, what is the ultimate test of a collection? It boils down to one question–does it have a goddamn romper?

IT DO.

becks7smallVictoria Beckham plus size orange romper

becks7smallVictoria Beckham plus size orange romper

With scallopsssssss. It’s like she knows my weaknesses–dayglow and scallops!!!

becks7smallVictoria Beckham plus size orange romper

*harps and choirs*

becks7smallVictoria Beckham plus size orange romper

Pleased. I haven’t been this stoked since the Who What Wear line and I hope she continues with it. Plus, there is a legit void re-interpreted retro in plus sizes. Other retailers commit too heavily to the aesthetic, which can look costume-y at times. Nothing cheesy about these pieces. I’m sold. 10/10 will buy again.

Shopping Linkies:

Orange twill skirt | Target

Jacquard shorts | Target

Scallop romper | Target

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I have two theories as to why I’ve been feeling all grunge-types of angsty lately. One, I’ve been REALLY into chokers and when they join forces with my shaggy baby bangs, I just see Courtney Love in the mirror. Two, I’m actually depressed. Literally. No punchline.

I’m gonna go with the former, at least long enough to cover this outfit. Then we can get real.

Lane Bryant Prabal Gurung plus size skirt

Ugh band tees and skirts. Did I ever tell you about the time I wore my un-cut, long and boxy AF Marilyn Manson shirt with a pink circle skirt for a solid week in college? Of course, I didn’t have the fucking sense to tuck it in or do anything to make it look at all good. I was just too stoked that I could, in theory, pair these two pieces of clothing I loved. I was just starting to wear women’s clothing on the reg at that point so there was a learning curve. Obviously.

In Utero shirt

Anyway, that was my first band tee/skirt combo and many other have followed sense. I feel like this is my Patronus outfit. This is the type of look that literally is me. It’s trash but its fancy trash?

Lane Bryant Prabal Gurung plus size skirt

OK so back to the real shit. I am now at the six-month mark since I quit my job and started freelancing and blogging full-time. My life is better in many ways. My life is worse in maybe a few more? It’s hard to tell. How can you really be objective about your own life? Either way, I’m having a tough time a lot of the time and this is something I haven’t said since a couple of years ago when I was trying to find a job that was the right fit after Vince was born. It’s just difficult to sit in and surrender to. It’s hard not to immediately get into fix-it mode. There might not be anything to fix. There may just be some adjusting on my part. In the meantime, I’ll keep doing what I know works–pairing band tees with skirts. πŸ˜‰

Shopping Linkies:

Prabal Gurung lace-up skirt | Lane Bryant (2.5% Cash Back at Ebates! Join here.)
In Utero shirt | Amazon

 

It may not look like it on the reg, but my style is rooted in chola. This is thanks to my big sister, cousins and their collective crew that were just the most badass bitches I had ever and probably will ever see. They taught me how to wrap my bun in a bandana, how to sharpen my winged eyeliner to razor points, and that every piece of clothing I could ever need was waiting for me at the army surplus–from baggy Ben’s to a canvas belt with a big “B” on the slide buckle. Although if I needed black house slippers and hoodless windbreakers, I’d have to take my gordita ass to Kmart, homes. But one style staple I never got to embrace from my Mexican roots was the bright, woven tapestry of a zarape.

zarape mini skirt mi vida boutique

These colors, mang. Again, I use things that are totally not neutrals as neutrals, like GOLD FUCKING LEOPARD PRINT, to give them room to pop.

Rue 107 gold leopard print crop top

And pop, they dooo.

Zarape plus size mini skirt

I remember my mom went to Mazatlan with her girlfriends when I was young enough for it to feel like a year even though it was probably a four-day weekend. She came back with a doll wearing a dress just like this skirt. Really wish I had kept. Would have been one hell of a photo opp. Tonta.

Rue 107 gold leopard print plus size crop top

Oh well. Seeing the city in my sunnies almost makes up for what could have been. Anyway, everyone should check out Mi Vida Boutique. They are based in LA and took aΒ custom order on this skirt to accommodate my plus-size culo. All I had to do was email them! Check them out right meow. Also, buy me this pin, pleece:

CHILLONA DICE PIN

Shopping Linkies:

Gold leopard crop top | Rue 107 (last season)
Zarape skirt | Mi Vida Boutique

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Raise your hand if this has ever happened to you–you receive birthday and Christmas presents from a few different people but start to notice a theme emerging. Then after the tenth present with the same theme, someone finally says, “I know you like these. I see you with them all the time.” That is apparently the story of how I ended up with everything skull and skeleton when I was in high school. To me, I maybe wore the same Misfits shirt every day and had ONE purse with a skull and crossbones on it but I never thought to myself gee I fucking love bones cover my life in bones pleece. But yeah. I guess I gravitated.

Skeleton bracelet

This bracelet is bad ass, I must say. I actually bought it a long time ago and almost didn’t include it in this look until I saw it shining from under a pile of jewelry on my shelf and said what the hell. Also, I almost didn’t buy those leather bow flats because I thought they were fugly. Yet it’s that kind of fugly that haunts you and ends up in your shopping cart the minute you turn your back. They make me feel like a fancy nurse.

Maria Paulina plus size dress

Oh but the print on this dress, guys. I did always appreciate bright goth looks. Maria Paulina is a plus size brand I had never before tried. And while this piece is meant to be a mini dress, I still think my midgety self looks pretty rad in it.

Skeleton bracelet

Maria Paulina plus size dress

So there is more boney goodness in store. I recently saw a friend on Facebook rocking this INSANE spine crown, literally dropped what I was doing to ask her where she got it. She actually modeled it for a friend’s Etsy shop. Said friend let me borrow it for this shoot, which I like to call my heavy metal take on Dia de los Muertos.

Eloquii pom pom dress

Eloquii white gauze dress

How’s that for some ghostly La Llorona vibes? If you hear weeping in your backyard, it me.

Spine crown

JK I’m cloot.

Eloquii red pom pom dress

(All Polaroids courtesy of Jessica Shirley-Donnelly)

I fricken love Polaroids. I feel like every person on Earth should own a Polaroid picture of their mother looking young and fabulous. I know I have a few. Now my spawn will have something to bring out while drunk and nostalgic.

Β Shopping Linkies:

Maki mini dress | Maria Paulina
Skull bracelet | Amazon
MIA bow sneakers | Amazon
Pom pom dress | Eloquii (Get 3.5% Cash Back at Ebates! Join here.)
Spinal crown | Custom order from The Bone Cat on Etsy (Follow her on Facebook and IG)

If you follow my personal Facebook page, you got an eye- and ear-full of the spastic joy I experienced getting these goddamn shoes in the mail. First, I know I am late but I had no idea alllllll the sick Vans were on Opening Ceremony. Like I’m a little upset no one told me and that I just assumed the best Vans were on Vans.com LIKE AN IDIOT.
Opening Ceremony blue glitter Vans

You also caught a glimpse into my thought process around constructing outfits. Indeed, there is a method to the madness. And my madness screamed EXTRAPOLATE ON THE GLITTER BETCH. So I went with this silver glitter dress that I cut into a crop. Then my madness screamed USE LEOPARD AS A NEUTRAL BETCH. She is rude but she’s not wrong.

Forever 21 Plus cheetah stripe pencil skirt

I already knew I was going to go with a bold blue lip to tie in the shoes but then, oh that madness and her banshee voiceβ€”YOU HAVE A MATCHING NECKLACE BETCH OMG. I actually totes forgot. It’s been quite a while since I have featured it.

Blue glitter necklace

Finally, she was silenced. By sparkle.

Opening Ceremony blue glitter Vans

An amazing friend I met at last year’s We All Glow summit was in town to play a show with San Cha (who is liiiiiife). I was already in this outfit but thennnnnn…ok so I’m diving deep into suspenders. Mostly because I’m Single White (or Married Brown?) Female-ing Virgie Tovar. These babies came in the mail just before I was heading to the show.

Tape measure suspenders

That’s right I’M TAKING BACK MEASURING TAPE. I will no longer be oppressed by the emotional weight of inches around my waist. I will takeΒ that shit as seriously as superfluous clothing. Stay tuned for more outfits with theeeeeeeeese. I love them.

Shopping Linkies:

Blue glitter Vans | SOLD OUT! Find them on Ebay
Eye of the tiger skirt | Forever 21
Liquid Suede Lipstick in Jet Set | NYX
Bucket Boss suspenders | Amazon

For my second venture into meta fashion, this little crop top posed a formidable challenge–finding the perfect green ankle boot. That particular color of green is hard to come by and I still didn’t get it completely right. However, this pointed rain boot really made me happier about the long, wet winter we’ve been having. (These photos were taken within a two-hour sunny window).

Green pointed rain boots

I don’t know if I’ve talked about these Lovesick jeans, but they are my go-to butt jeans. I fucking love them. I am my most feeling-myself self in them.

Green boots plus size crop top

As you can see, this is a pretty subtle meta fashion look so I felt the need to take THIS picture to fully get the point across:

Green pointed rain boots

I got so many pebbles down my chones. Suffer for art. I know I look like I’ve fallen and I can’t get up but I fucking love this shot. Not bad for a tripod. Humble brag.

Green boots plus size crop top

Shopping Linkes:

Graphic print top | Shein (6% Cash Back at Ebates! Join here.)
High rise skinny jeans | Lovesick (2% Cash Back at Ebates! Join here.)
Ankle rain boot | Amazon
Ultra Satin Lip in Marshmallow | ColourPopΒ